The darkness of A Place to Bury Strangers will soon descend upon the city lights of Austin, or at least the lights of Emos Alternative Lounge. These sonic destroyers visit our town Sunday evening, taking a step away from their tour with Nine Inch Nails. Expect to be wowed, and expect to lose your hearing. Also of note…Austin’s Boxing Lesson will be one of the opening acts. So make your way to Emos this Sunday night!
Portland artist Horse Feathers have a new song called “Curs in the Weeds” that you can check out below. The song is set to appear on the band’s upcoming album House with no Home due out September 9th. You can also check out a 3 song Daytrotter session the band did about a year ago.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/horse-feathers-curs-in-weeds1.mp3]
Download: Horse Feathers – Curs In The Weeds [MP3]
Check out the new tune “The Company I Can Get” from The New Year’s upcoming self-titled album due out September 9th with Touch and Go Records. The New Year is also slated to play Emo’s Lounge later that month on September 20th. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you once it gets closer.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/thecompanyicanget.mp3]
Download: The New Year – The Company I Can Get [MP3]
Our friends at Bemba Entertainment have finalized the lineup and are now selling passes to the second annual Xemumba festival going down at The Mohawk in Austin. If you weren’t in attendance last year, the event highlights the best artists currently tearing things up in Latin and South America (artist list can be seen on the fancy flier). This year, Xemumba has been expanded to a two day event on Sep. 12th and 13th with two day passes a mere $30 & single day passes $20. Don’t fret if you’re one of those people holding down a nine to fiver, doors for the festival don’t open on Friday until 5pm! You can also help promote this sure to be stellar event by adding Xemumba as a friend on facebook or myspace & liking the event on do512. Purchase your tickets now! Be on the lookout for exclusive mp3s, photos, and bios of artists performing at this year’s festival. Contact Brandon with Bemba Entertainment if your interested in street teaming it.
A lot of well deserved buzz has been going around about this new Atlanta band Howlies. We thought to bring you aboard the hype train, we’d post a new song by the band entitled “Dirty Woman”. The song currently appears on a CD single Sea Level/Dirty Woman and will also show up on a forthcoming debut LP. If you purchase the new single for $15, the label will throw in a free digital download and a t-shirt. What a deal![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/howlies-dirty-woman.mp3]
Download: Howlies – Dirty Woman [MP3]
David Lindley plays the extremely intimate Cactus Cafe on the UT campus Friday night. Who’s David Lindley? Only one of the most sought after sessions guitarists in the world – he’s played with Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon to name a few – in addition to fronting bands of his own. Ben Harper cites his unique slide guitar style as a major influence. If you go, be sure to pay attention to the equipment Mr. Lindley breaks out for he’s a bit of an eccentric with a reputation for using cheap, amateur guitars which generate a distinct sound. Still need convincing? Check out the clip below of him performing “Where’s Jimmy?” live somewhere circa 97. Tickets are at the door for $20 with things starting at 9pm.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/jimmy.mp3]
Download: David Lindley – Wheres Jimmy [MP3]
Nick Thornburn’s (Islands) latest side project with folk singer Jim Guthrie, Human Highway, has their entire new album Moody Motorcycle streaming over on myspace. A lot of critics are raving about Mr. Thornburn’s newest venture. What do you think? You can take the song “The Sound” along with you if myspace crashes your computer as much as mine.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/the-sound.mp3]
Download: Human Highway – The Sound [MP3]
Depressed that summer is almost over? We here at Austin Town Hall feel your pain so we are giving you our new mix tape Return to Summer. The tape includes some of our favorite songs from summer/spring of 2008 and is sure to help you hold on to that last bit of sunshine. (Mix Tape launches after the jump)
The Austin City Limits website has announced a whole bunch of new after shows. The Black Keys, Manu Chao, Okkervil River, and several other big names have dates up for post festival parties. If you check out the C3 website, they are currently offering an exclusive pre-sale to all of these shows.
ATH finally found an excuse to post about one of our favorite Austin acts Okkervil River. We have an mp3 of the band posted for you below called “Lost Coastlines” which is set to appear on the band’s latest The Stand Ins due out September 9th. “Lost Coastlines” features your last chance at Jonathan Meiburg in Okkervil, as he now fronts another Austin heavy hitter Shearwater. You can pre-order a copy of The Stand Ins from this fancy website.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/okkervil-river-lost-coastlines.mp3]
Download: Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines [MP3]